What Are The Top 25 Morrissey Songs?




25. “Yes, I Am Blind”

If “Yes, I Am Blind” feels a bit more like a song Morrissey would have performed with The Smiths, there’s a good reason for that. It was co-written by one of his former bandmates – bassist Andy Rourke. Against a soulful ballad backdrop, Morrissey finds some ironic perspective about religion and the goodness, or lack thereof in people, despite the claims of the title refrain. Pessimistic as it is, it remains one of Morrissey’s most poignant.

24. “Ouija Board, Ouija Board”

Tragedy and humor go hand in hand in Morrissey’s world, to the point where the deathly serious and the ludicrous can be interchangeable. “Ouija Board, Ouija Board,” one of Morrissey’s early singles, doesn’t seem like much of a laughing matter, but as he addresses his supernatural conduit in order to speak to a deceased friend, it snottily answers back with “S-T-E-V-E-N P-U-S-H-O-F-F,” punctuated with the sound of broken glass.

23. “Cemetry Gates”

The idea of penciling in a date at a cemetery essentially fits the stereotype of Morrissey as sad-bastard post-punk poet laureate. If only that were the extent of “Cemetry Gates.” In under three minutes of some of The Smiths’ sunniest pop, Morrissey packs in a verse about plagiarism, which directly follows a verse cribbed, nearly word-for-word, from the 1942 film “The Man Who Came To Dinner,” and returns to the refrain, “Keats and Yeats are on your side / while Wilde is on mine.” And as Oscar Wilde famously said, “Talent borrows, genius steals,” which was etched in the run-out groove of the 7-inch single of “Bigmouth Strikes Again.” This one should be taught in literature classes.

22. “Disappointed”

First and foremost, “Disappointed” has an incredible groove, one that rivals The Smiths’ most powerful arrangements, such as “The Queen Is Dead” or “How Soon Is Now?” We could certainly stop there, but it’s hard to look past the jumble of frustrations Morrissey vents in the song, from being unattractive in the eyes of others to insufferable phonies. The song’s crowning moment, however, is when Moz takes aim at himself, chasing the line “This is the last song I will ever sing” with cheers, and disappointed “awwws” after he sings “No, I’ve changed my mind again.” “Haters gonna hate” hadn’t been coined yet, but you get the gist.

21. “Late Night, Maudlin Street”

The longest track on Viva Hate, and one of the longest in Morrissey’s discography as a whole, “Late Night, Maudlin Street” is also a rare moment of wistful nostalgia for a singer whose most romantic lines are likewise his most biting. It’s actually not much different here, as he details years of pill-popping, self-loathing and the deaths of loved ones. But nostalgia’s a funny thing; with time and distance, even Morrissey can hone in on fond memories of a complicated time.


  1. I always took the song “There is a light that never goes out” as the person wanted to stop time, but not necessarily kill themselves. I did at first, but then “there is a light that never goes out” means there is hope. And saying they “To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die” is a reference to loving the moment they are in right now, and they would be ok if they died then because of how they are feeling. I know they hint at “but a strange fear gripped me but I just couldn’t ask” in regards to crashing, however it may also be a metaphor for asking the person out as well. So while the song itself is dark and morbid sounding, the protagonist has a small glimmer of hope and are happy in the moment and don’t want that moment to end

  2. “There is a light” is about two teenagers in love, they want to be together but can’t because they’re not old enough / mature enough to move out of their parents home. The notion that they fantasize out dying together in a car crash is not so much suicidal as it is Shakespearean — how romantic to die together like teenagers Romeo & Juliet. The “Light that never goes out” is their enduring love.

  3. Did you really miss the subtext of “Girlfriend”? It seems he doesn’t really *want* her to “pull through”. In fact, it could be argued the protagonist is the one responsible for her condition. Dark (apparently too subtle) comedy.

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